“To keep the body in good health is a duty….otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” Buddha
What is spa culture?
The meaning of spa is defined as “places devoted to enhancing overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit.”. In general spa is a place where you can experience spa treatments most popular being massage. Other treatments include facials, body wraps, spa manicure and pedicure.
There are different types of spas which offer spa services, it is important to understand the benefits in order to get the best experience. Types of spas vary from a Day spa which offers services on a day basis in a salon environment, Destination spa which mainly offers exercise, diet and educational programs for minimum of 2 days to 7 days, Medical spas which are under the supervision of Doctors includes services of advanced medical treatments for wrinkles, cellulite and obesity, Resort spas specially associated with sports like golf and water sports alongside of relaxation with spa benefits, Spring water spas which are located near natural mineral spring water use the natures benefits of spring to rejuvenate body and mind. Spas can be in a club, cruise or at the airport offering services to the members and travelers.
Which massage is suitable ?
You need to ask yourself a question.
Do you simply want a massage for relaxation and stress? Or do you need relief for any health condition?
Before getting the massage done you need to discuss and explain the therapist what are you looking for? so that the therapist will customize his style of massage keeping in view of your age, condition and your needs.
Swedish massage is one of the most popular massage, which combines long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on muscles by using massage oils or essential oils. Swedish massage helps to relieve muscle tension, increase circulation of blood, loosen sore joints and calm the nervous system. Swedish massage technique is very gentle and relaxing.
Deep Tissue Massage technique mainly targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissues of the body. There are 5 layers of muscles in our back. Deep Tissue Massage technique provides a more therapeutic effect by massaging complete layers from superficial to deep. It generally involves slow strokes or friction techniques using fingers, thumbs or sometimes-even elbows.
Sports massage technique is generally designed for people who are involved in physical activities for improving their athletic performance. It’s not like that only an athlete can have a sports massage, even the people who are active and work out often can have it.
Reflexology technique also referred as foot massage technique involves applying pressure to certain points on the foot It stimulates the point called reflex areas on foot or hands. It works on the principle that illness can arise from an imbalance of energy. Reflexology helps to restore balance, prevent illness, improves circulation and assist relaxation.
Hot stone Massage technique involves placing heated, smooth stones on certain points on the body to warm and loosen tight muscles and balance energy centers in the body. The warmth of heated stones penetrates deeply into sore, achy muscles and help to relieve muscle tension and relax the body.
Pregnancy massage technique also called prenatal massage technique is gaining huge popularity these days since it helps expectant mothers to have an easier delivery and remain comfortable during pregnancy. Pregnancy massage technique helps to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve muscle spasms and cramps, and reduce anxiety and depression.
Aromatherapy uses essential oils that are the distilled essences of herbs, plants, flowers and trees. Aromatherapy is a Swedish massage with essential oils added to the massage oil. The essential oils smell good and have a therapeutic effect on body and mind. Massage therapist usually put the oil in their hands, cup them under your nose for a few moments so you can inhale the wonderful scent, then apply the oil to your body. Smell of these oils are wonderful and treats variety of physical and mental conditions including skin infections to stress.
Thai massage aligns the energies of the body using gentle pressure on specific points. Thai massage also includes compressions and stretches. You don’t just lie there–the therapist moves and stretches you into a sequence of postures. It’s like yoga without doing any work. Thai massage is more energizing than other forms of massage. It is also reduces stress and improves flexibility and range of motion.
Shiatsu is another style of Asian bodywork that generally takes place fully clothed on a mat on the floor. It was developed in Japan and uses finger pressure (sometimes a little intense!) to restore the healthy flow of energy throughout the body.
Originated in India, these techniques involve yoga and meditation along with herbs and oils. An ayurvedic massage helps to relax the muscles of the body and also believed to increase the regulation of blood and remove toxins from the body. Ayurveda is a branch of medicine which is considered to be extremely safe and can be used by people of all age groups.
With a little know-how you can create your own home spa and give yourself an occasional weekend treatments.
YOUR WHOLE SYSTTEM WILL HAVE BENEFITED FROM THE TREATMENT AND REST YOU HAVE GIVEN.
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